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Kim Riddlebarger, senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California and co-host of the popular White Horse Inn, reviewed Fred Zaspel’s The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary. Riddlebarger wrote his dissertation on Warfield1, so he is in a good position to offer a helpful review of Zaspel’s work. It’s worth a careful read.
Here’s his conclusion:
In conclusion, let me say that Fred Zaspel has done a great service to Christ’s church by giving us a most important and most useful volume, one which should be found on the bookshelf and in the iPad (it is also available as a eBook) of anyone who is interested in Reformed theology, the history of Old Princeton, and the work of B. B. Warfield.
Thank you Dr. Zaspel, for writing the book I wish I could have written! This volume is highly recommended.
- “The Lion of Princeton: Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield on Apologetics, Theological Method, and Polemics,” PhD diss., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1997. It was revised and published on his blog as The Lion of Princeton: Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield; Apologist, Polemicist, and Theologian, n.p., 1997. vii + 374 pp. [PDF]. [↩]
Wes Bredenhof, Pastor of the Providence Canadian Reformed Church in Hamilton, ON, has a nice review of Fred Zaspel’s The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary. In addition to summarizing the book helpfully, he discusses Warfield’s views on apologetics, Scripture, evolution, and perfectionism. It’s worth a read.
Here’s his conclusion:
The Theology of B. B. Warfield is a comprehensive guide to the thought of “the Lion of Princeton.” There’s no question it will be a standard reference for decades to come. Anyone interested in the development of Reformed theology on our continent needs to have it and read it.
There is nothing in us or done by us, at any stage of our earthly development, because of which we are acceptable to God. We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake, or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only when we believe. It is just as true after we have believed. It will continue to be trust as long as we live. Our need of Christ does not cease with our believing; nor does the nature of our relation to Him or to God through Him ever alter, no matter what our attainments in Christian graces or our achievements in behavior may be. It is always on His “blood and righteousness” alone that we can rest.
This comes from Perfectionism, Part One, vol. 7 of The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield (New York: Oxford University Press, 1932; repr., Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000), 113.
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Justin Taylor interviewed Fred Zaspel about his new book, The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary.
Here’s what he asked him:
- How would you rank Warfield among the theological giants of church history?
- I suspect that a number of readers who know of Warfield will know almost nothing about Warfield the person. Can you get us a little insight into Warfield the man?
- If you could sum up the essence, the heartbeat, of Warfield’s theology, how would you define it?
- Was there anything that surprised you in working through all of Warfield’s materials?
- For those who want to read Warfield, what are some works to begin with?
Allen Mickle interviewed Fred Zaspel about his latest book, The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Study.
Here are the questions he asked him:
- What made you first decide to pursue Warfield as someone to study?
- What do you see as the main contributions that Warfield made to theology?
- Why do you think Warfield is as neglected as he is in modern theology?
- Can you briefly explain why so many assume Warfield taught an evolutionary position while your research seems to prove otherwise?
- What other areas of Warfield studies need to be pursued?
- What other resources on Warfield and his theology would you recommend?
- What are the main benefits for busy pastors to study Warfield?
- How has Warfield and his theology helped you in your ministry? What did you learn from him that affected how you serve as a pastor?
- As a pastor who pursued a Ph.D. (of which we know this book is the substance of) would you recommend the pursuit for other pastors? What advice would you give pastors pursuing academic Ph.D.’s?
- Do you have plans to write or teach more on Warfield and his thinking? Now that the book is done, what are your plans?